Truth is an arrow and the gate is narrow

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The Culture

Over the last week or so, I’ve tweeted about several stories regarding proposed or approved concessions that the “main line” denominations would make to the prevailing culture. For example is this one:

As Rev. Emily Heath writes in that article:

For Christians in the mainline Protestant denominations, this has been an interesting summer. First, the Presbyterian Church (USA) rejected an amendment that would have opened the church up to blessing same-sex marriages. Then, less than a week later, the Episcopal Church approved a new liturgy to bless same-sex unions and also affirmed the ministry of transgender clergy.

The PCUSA rejection of that amendment was a narrow victory for those who desire to stay true to Scripture.

The Truth

While Rev. Heath and others are euphoric over these monumental changes. I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14, NASB)

Truth is Narrow
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Truth, is by its very nature narrow. The description of an object is always narrow as compared to what it is not. I have on my wrist a watch, it is not a hammer or a motorcycle or a puppy or a yacht. It is one thing and there are an infinite number of things it is not.

When the New Testament uses the word homosexual, the Greek word from which it is translated is a very graphic term which describes a sex act between men. You can work around this all that you want, but it is the homosexual act that is condemned. The word means one thing and no amount of wrangling of words can make it mean something different. The definition is narrow and specific.

Furthermore, Jesus himself tells us that marriage is between a man and a woman. According to Jesus, it is for the purpose of being married to a woman that a man will leave his father and mother.

Some would see support for homosexual union in an argument from silence because Jesus does not specifically speak against same sex pairing. Yet I would argue that the silence cuts the other way because Jesus specifically identifies a union between a man and a woman as the relationship that God ordains and God blesses. Nowhere can you find any such blessing for a homosexual union. So the argument that Jesus was silent on homosexuality is a sham.

The definition of marriage is narrow. I understand that for those with same sex attraction, this is very difficult. Yet, the difficulty does not relieve us of the burden of proclaiming the truth.

All sin is condemned in Scripture. For example, the Bible condemns religious pride. Those of us who have grown up in the church can look down on others who have less knowledge of Scripture and Christian principles. Scripture condemns this pride and I am wrong when I practice it. When I am proud, no excuse or explanation will make that pride less wrong.

We cannot lightly set aside the clear teaching of Scripture just because we have a desire and a  proclivity toward a certain behavior. Whether it be pride or homosexuality, we cannot aquiesce into acceptance no matter how much pressure there is from inside and outside the church.

The Gate

As Bob Dylan so eloquently tells us, “Truth is an arrow and the gate is narrow that it passes through.”

The Truth hurts all of us, but the wound is ultimately for our benefit if we are willing to yield.

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A follower of Jesus Christ who shares observations about how Scripture should impact the church and the world. Mark is the original author and editor of Attempts at Honesty.
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Pastor Zach Malott
Pastor Zach Malott

Well, there is no doubt but what you are right in your description of truth, Mark. The problem with post-modern subjectivism is that it leaves no room for objectivity of truth. As foolish as the concept of subjective truth is (in terms of truth that lies outside the person), that is what we have to contend with through the rest of this century it appears. We live in a self-motivated society that has taught generations to follow this paradigm. While we taught Biblical truth within the church, we allowed the "enemy" to infiltrate our schools and secular institutions which has influenced so many decades that those of us old enough to remember how things used to be are considered insane in today's society. We fight against powers and principalities that control our country's infrastructure. Post-modernism is now "rooted" and will need to be dug out and poisoned, rather than merely pulled out by the root. That can only be accomplished when the evil is just a shoot from the ground. More ambitious means are required after evil becomes an established, mature tree. The fire is beyond a "water bucket" solution. We need "obedient to the Holy Spirit" Christians who are not afraid of cultural distain to stand up nationwide and dig in their heels, preach Christ crucified, and stand for righteousness while staring down political correctness. While it is true that we must love the sinner without Christ and to reach out in that love, we must also preach the whole gospel of peace -- meaning out guilt under God's holy Law and the only source of redemption -- Christ crucified. There is no other way. Truth is truth. The word of God is infallible, and Jesus is returning soon. What will He find on His return? Who is accountable? Pastors, wake up!

Daniel Nelson
Daniel Nelson

Mark I admire your humility. You are not making your own rules, simply telling the truth about what God likes and doesn't like.

Mark McIntyre
Mark McIntyre

We all need to wake up. Thanks for the jolt Paster Zach

Mark McIntyre
Mark McIntyre

Thanks for the kind words Daniel. Blessings to you.